A businesswoman who exposed herself in public outside a Waitrose store has been fined £200 after claiming she was suffering from stress due to the decline of her firm during the Covid pandemic.
Beverley Dean, 54, admitted to exposing and performing a sex act on herself as she sat on a bench in broad daylight in Northwich, Cheshire on a Friday afternoon.
The court heard that during the incident, a mother walking her children down the street by a river bank reportedly had to hurry past in fear that they would see Dean – who was sitting with her blouse undone and jacket hanging off her shoulders.
She was eventually spotted by two financial advisors working across the street who alerted the police.
When police arrived, they searched Dean and discovered sex toys in her handbag.
During investigations, eye witnesses said she appeared to be filming herself as she touched herself under her skirt. However, no footage was found on her mobile phone.
At Chester magistrates court, Dean from Rudheath, Northwich originally faced jail time after she admitted to a charge of outraging public decency.
However, she walked free with a fine and community order after her lawyer said she was ‘too embarrassed’ to come to terms with what she has done.
Her ex-husband – from whom she’d split after the pandemic – was in court to support her.
The court heard that the incident occurred at 3.30pm on February 25 this year after Dean had sat down on a bench overlooking the River Dane in Northwich.
She was seen by two women from CRS Consultants which has an office on the other side of the river.
Miss Shannen Carey, prosecuting, said: ‘She appeared to be performing a sex act on herself.
‘She had her mobile phone in her right hand and appeared to be filming herself or taking photos of herself performing the act.
‘She stopped to smoke a cigarette and then continued.
‘After she did this she stood up from the bench and both of her breasts were exposed. Her blouse was unbuttoned and her coat was hanging off her shoulders.
‘One of the members of the public said a woman walked past with two young boys and hurried them along to avoid looking at what was happening.
‘Officers were called and the defendant was arrested.
‘Her property was searched and an assortment of sex toys and lubricants were found in the defendant’s bag.’
Dean had no previous convictions.